Van Gaal 'terminates' Dutch star's international career

Virgil van Dijk and Tim Krul
Virgil van Dijk and Tim Krul

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has told one of his Dutch stars he no longer has a future in the national team after the player refused an instruction from the famously blunt tactician. 

The former Manchester United coach has built up a reputation for an abrasive approach when dealing with players.

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Known to have a tendency to fall out with footballers, the ex-FC Barcelona manager infamously had a bust-up with then-club superstar Rivaldo during his tenure at the Camp Nou after the forward asked to be played in his preferred position.

According to SportsMole, the Brazilian, who was dropped to the bench following his request, later told reporters: "I don't like Van Gaal and he doesn't like me."

With the likes of Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie, Victor Valdes, and Luca Toni, to name a few, having previously shared their poor experiences with the coach, a new star can now seemingly be added to the 71-year-old's bad books.

The Oranje tactician has revealed he has now axed Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul – who was not included in the 25-man squad to take on Poland and Belgium in the UEFA Nations League this month but was expected to be called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in less than two months' time  from the national team.

Van Gaal told Dutch outlet AD he put an end to the shot-stopper's Netherlands career due to his refusal to attend a special training session for the team's goalkeepers at the KNVB Campus designed to improve their chances of saving penalties.

"Krul called me to tell me that he will pass," the Dutchman said.

"I thought it was a shame, because I know that he stops the most penalties in terms of statistics.

"There is no future for him at the Oranje, because he did not want to come. That is the consequence of his decision.

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"I have convinced the boys that they can do something with it, that players at the club will train for penalties.

"You cannot change the training policy at their club, but you can request them to practise their own penalty-kicks."

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